The Laidback Luke forum is well-known for being a breeding ground of young talent. It was the place to post demos and get feedback from other forum members and Luke himself. It’s sometimes hard to believe that DJs such as Avicii, Afrojack, Bingo Players, Dyro, Sandro Silva, and Angger Dimas were forum geeks back in the day. Let’s check out what the forum all-stars have been up to!
Back in 2007 Avicii’s forum name was Avici. The Swedish sensation went on to DJ super-stardom and is now the number three DJ in the world.
Jordy van Egmond, better known as Dyro, got his big break when Hardwell took him under his wing and signed him to Revealed Recordings. Dyro & Hardwell produced 2013’s Ultra Miami favorite “Never Say Goodbye (feat. Heather Bright) together and Dyro became DJ Mag’s highest new entry at #30 in 2013’s top 100 DJ list.
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Long before the Ferraris, the Grammy, and Paris Hilton, Nick van de Wall was a teenager making loops in his bedroom on Fruity Loops. He got onto the forum where Luke helped him out with producing and other bits and pieces and the rest is history.
Sandro Silva was just fifteen years old when he sent his early demos to Luke on the forum. Luke remixed and put out his first single “Prom Night” on Mixmash. Sandro went on to produce the game-changer “Epic (with Quintino).”
Bingo Players produced a slew of chart-toppers such as “Cry,” “Buzzcut,” “Rattle,” “Out Of My Mind,” “Mode,” and “When I Dip.” Sadly member Paul Bäumer passed away on December 17th 2013 after fighting cancer.
Watse Matter used to be one the forum’s more sarcastic members. He now works for Spinnin’ Records and is part of Martin Garrix’s management team.
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Mightyfools, Andy and Jelle, have been festival favorites all over the world since Hardwell debuted their colossal track “Footrocker” at last year’s Ultra Miami. They followed that up with the hits “Put Em Up,” “Go!,” and “Pullover.”
Manchester’s D.O.D shot into the limelight with the Mixmash releases “Bananas,” “More Cowbell,” and “Stomp.” Luke & D.O.D’s banging new collab “Flashing Lights” is currently heating up the charts.
Max Vangeli is now part of the Size Records family. His debut album was made alongside best friend AN21 and featured collaborations with Steve Angello and Tiësto.
Sebastien Lintz was a very active member of the forum while he was a DJ/producer. He is now an artist/label manager at Revealed Recordings.
Colombian Moska was discovered on the forum and quickly became Luke’s protégé. Luke introduced Moska to Tiësto, who asked him to make a remix with him for “Century” by Tiësto & Calvin Harris. Earlier this year Moska collaborated with Diplo (Major Lazer) on “Lose Themselves.”
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Bart B. More
Bart B. More was behind the monster tunes “So It Goes,” “Brap,” “Romaine,” and “Jack.” He runs his own label Secure Recordings now and just released Indigo EP on Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint.
From Jakarta comes Angger Dimas, who is now considered the #1 DJ of Indonesia. His debut album ‘Angger Management’ was released on Dim Mak last year and Angger has played at festivals such as TomorrowLand, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Electric Zoo NYC, Future Music Festival Asia, and Nocturnal Wonderland.
Afrojack’s protege Apster is now part of Afrojack’s Jacked crew. Apster’s fun, playful sound caught the attention of Pitbull, who used Apster’s music in “Pause,” which has had over 4 million views on YouTube to date.
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Alvaro went on to produce the hit “Welcome To The Jungle” and collaborated with Tiësto and Quintino on “United,” the 2013 Ultra Music Festival Anthem.
SonicC (Anthony Rodriguez)
Anthony Rodriguez is best known for releasing “Stickin'” in 2009 on Mixmash and Hades EP more recently on Dim Mak. Tragically Anthony Rodriguez died at the age of 22 earlier this year in a fiery head-on car collision in Miami. His family has requested that this petition be signed and shared on his behalf to add street lights to the street he died on.